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Sun cream for kids with sensitive skin! The lowdown on keeping your little ones safe in the sun

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Covering a wriggling child in sun cream is tricky enough, but when your little one has sensitive skin it can be even trickier– you don’t want to use anything that’s going to irritate. That’s why Childs Farm sun protection products don’t containparabens, SLSs, mineral oils, artificial colours or anything that might make sensitive skin flare up. Plus if you have a super-wriggler on your hands, our spray and roll-on sun lotions make everything easier.

Why is sun cream so important?

Young skin is much thinner than adults’, so it’s more susceptible to sun damage – a risk factor for skin cancer. It’simportant that sun cream offers protection against both UVA and UVB, as well as an SPF of at least 30. In fact, Childs Farm sun lotions go up to 50+ SPF.

What about babies under six months?

Babies’ skin is particularly sensitive, so keep them out of direct sunlight all the time if they’re under six months old. (Anddon’t forget that cute sun hat to protect their head.) When your baby’s over six months, do a patch test before you try a new sun cream.

How else can you protect your child in the sun?

The Eyecare Trust recommends that children wear proper, UV-protecting sunglasses, not toy sunglasses, to protect theireyes from the sun. If your family’s heading to the beach, you can buy kids’ long-sleeved sun protection suits that block UV rays – meaning you only have to apply sun cream to the areas of your child’s body that aren’t covered. And that’sdefinitely less stressful for everyone.

Sun cream checklist

Childs Farm dermatologist Dr Jennifer Crawley gives her top tips on keeping your children safe in the sun:

  1. “Apply sun cream 20 to 30 minutes before going outside.”
  2. “Make sure you’re applying enough sun cream – don’t skimp on it.”
  3. “Don’t forget to put sun cream on those hidden places like behind the ears, and on the neck, shoulders and topsof feet.”
  4. “Reapply every couple of hours – people often forget to do this in the UK – and always after swimming.”
  5. “Try to stay out of the sun in the hottest part of the day, between 11 and 3 o’clock.”
  6. “Dress your little one in a sun hat, sunglasses and loose, breathable clothing.”

Childs Farm new formulation SPF 30 & 50+ sun cream for very high protection, is water resistant and protects young and sensitive skin from UVA and UVB rays, whilst keeping skin moisturised and hydrated. So you can relax while your children enjoy the sun safely.

Suitable for babies and upwards. Dermatologist and paediatrician approved as suitable for sensitive skin and safe for people who may be prone to eczema. Childs Farm unfragranced sun cream is registered with The Vegan Society!

The following Childs Farm sunscreens are available online at www.babiesafrica.com and www.takealot.com from 1 October 2019.

125mlChilds Farm 50+ SPF sun cream – Retail Selling Price: R238.14
70mlChilds Farm 50+ SPF roll on lotion – Retail Selling Price: R197.74
125mlChilds Farm 50+ SPF sun spray – Retail Selling Price: R238.14
100mlChilds Farm After Sun – Retail Selling Price: R111.42
125mlChilds Farm 30 spf sun cream , 125ml – Retail Selling Price: R238.14
125mlChilds Farm 30 spf sun spray , 125ml – Retail Selling Price: R238.14

*RRP is at the sole discretion of the retailer.

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